Ryan Merriman

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Ryan Merriman
Born Ryan Earl Merriman
(1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 31)
Choctaw, Oklahoma, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Micol Duncan (m. 2004–11)
Kristen McMullen (m. 2014)

Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American film and television actor. He began his career at the age of ten, and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for his roles as Jake in The Ring Two (2005) and Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 (2006).


Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman.[1][2] He has a sister, Monica. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater (Stage Struck Studios) in Oklahoma.


Merriman's first major role was on the television series, The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. During the mid and late 1990s, he appeared in most episodes of The Pretender as a younger version of the title character. Merriman has starred in several made-for-television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish (2001), and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. He appeared in the 1999 feature film The Deep End of the Ocean, playing the lost son of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and subsequently starred as the main character, a Jewish boy from the Bronx, in the film Just Looking, which received a limited theatrical release in 2000. In 2002 he played the Madeleine L'Engle character Adam Eddington in another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. In the years following, Merriman returned to television roles, and appeared in Dangerous Child, co-starring Delta Burke, the mini-series Taken (2003–04), and a guest role on Smallville in 2004.

Merriman's roles include the horror films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), The Ring Two (2005) and Final Destination 3 (2006). He is one of the leads of Home of the Giants, a high school drama co-starring Haley Joel Osment and Danielle Panabaker. He appeared in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon, in January 2008. He played the lead role of Henry Dunn in the original pilot presentation for Harper's Island, but was replaced by Christopher Gorham when the pilot was ordered to series by CBS.

From 2010 to 2012, Merriman portrayed Ian Thomas on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars.

In 2012 he starred on the 16th episode of Season 2 in Hawaii Five-0 as Dennis Mack.

Dwight H. Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his movie Tekken, but Merriman turned it down, so the role went to John Foo. He did, however, star in the Hallmark Channel original movie Elevator Girl as the male protagonist Jonathan, the young successful lawyer who finds himself falling for a free-spirited young woman who is way below his pay grade. In 2011 Merriman appeared in The 5th Quarter, a feature film about the surprising 2006 football season of Wake Forest University, as the team's star linebacker Jon Abbate.

Personal life[edit]

Married a woman named Micol Duncan in 2004, divorced after seven years of marriage in 2011. On New Years Day 2012 Ryan got engaged to girlfriend Kristen McMullen.[3] They are planning on a September 2014 wedding.[4]



Year Film Role Notes
1997 What's Right With America Todd Gordon
1998 Everything That Rises Nathan Clay Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series or Series – Leading Young Actor
1999 Night Ride Home Justin
1999 Lansky Meyer Lansky
1999 The Deep End of the Ocean Sam Karras/Ben Cappadora Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
1999 Smart House Ben Cooper
1999 Just Looking Lenny Levine Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2000 Rocket's Red Glare Todd Baker
2001 The Luck of the Irish Kyle Johnson
2001 Dangerous Child Jack Cambridge Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actor
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Myles Barton
2002 A Ring of Endless Light Adam Eddington
2003 Spin Eddie Haley
2005 The Colt Jim Rabb
2005 Rings Jake Short film
2005 The Ring Two Jake
2006 Final Destination 3 Kevin Fischer
2007 Home of the Giants Matt Morrison
2008 Backwoods Adam
2009 Wild Cherry Stanford
2011 The 5th Quarter Jon Abbate
2012 Cheesecake Casserole Andy
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Kyle
2012 My Hometown Rick Dickson
2013 Dose of Reality Matt
2013 42 Dixie Walker


Year Title Role Notes
1993–1995 The Mommies Blake Kellogg 30 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
(shared with Sam Gifaldi, Ashley Peldon, Shiloh Strong, and Joey Zimmerman)
1995 The Client Jeff Dietrich "The Way Things Were"
1996–2000 The Pretender young Jarod / Gemini 50 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1997)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1998, 1999)
2001 Touched by an Angel Jason Harris "Visions of thy Father"
2002 Taken Sam Crawford "Acid Tests"
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor
2004 Smallville Jason Dante "Velocity"
2003–2004 Veritas: The Quest Nikko Zond 13 episodes
2008 Comanche Moon Jake Spoon 3 episodes
2010 Elevator Girl Johnathan
2010–2012 2014 Pretty Little Liars Ian Thomas 16 episodes
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Dennis Mack episode I Helu Pu


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